Victoria Lippert posted her third collegiate double-double
with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard women’s basketball team beat rival Yale, 68-60, to win its seventh game in a row and improve to 18-7 overall and 9-2 in Ancient Eight play. Three Crimson players reached double figures with freshman Victoria Lippert leading the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds for her third collegiate double-double.
Lippert was 6-for-14 from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. The rookie also had three steals, two assists and a block in 32 minutes of play. Sophomore Brogan Berry added 13 points, five assists and four rebounds. She moved into 10th on the all-time assists list at Harvard, tying Allison Feaster ’98 with 243 career handouts. Junior Emma Markley put up 11 points and grabbed seven boards, while Jackie Alemany collected a career-high six steals.
After a back-and-forth start to the game, the Crimson used back-to-back treys to take a 15-8 lead with 14:12 left to play in the first. The Crimson defense held the Bulldogs scoreless for nearly 10 minutes, while extending its lead to 22-8. Yale’s Megan Vasquez snapped the scoring draught for the Bulldogs with 7:56 on the clock. Harvard led by as many as 21 points during the final four minutes of the first half. The Bulldogs pulled to within 16 before Harvard took a 45-26 lead into the locker room.
Berry had 13 points and three assists at the break. Lippert had nine rebounds and Alemany had five assists. The Crimson shot 54.5 percent in the first 20 minutes, including a 66.7 percent effort from beyond the arc. Harvard grabbed 21 rebounds in the first half and handed out 13 assists.
Markley scored the first six points of the second half as Harvard pulled away to a 59-34 lead midway through the second session. The Bulldogs slowly chipped away at the lead by going to the free throw line. With less than a minute to the play the home team cut the lead to single digits, 66-58. Harvard held as Miriam Rutzen scored the Crimson’s final basket of the night to give her two points and a career-high nine rebounds.
The Crimson shot 44.3 percent from the field and outrebounded its rival, 40-31.
Harvard returns to Lavietes Pavilion for the final three regular season games. The Crimson welcomes Penn and Princeton Friday and Saturday before closing out the conference season against Dartmouth March 9.